'Take advantage of regional hubs'
Tue, 12 Aug, 2008
Holidaymakers and business travellers from the north do not need to travel long distances to catch flights but can take advantage of regional airports.
This is the view of Tony Hallwood, aviation development director at Leeds-Bradford Airport (LBA).
The introduction of new routes and extra flights means that regional airports like LBA are in a position to satisfy passenger demand for domestic and overseas travel.
Moreover, a growing number of Britons are considering the impact on the environment of travelling from the north to London in order to catch a flight.
"Growth from the London airports has really stagnated and that's as a result of congestion, delays and a lack of appropriate infrastructure and people's time is money," he stated.
Britons now want to save time travelling and get to their destination quicker, he added.
According to the Civil Aviation Authority, nine regional airports - including LBA, Liverpool John Lennon and Newcastle - handle more than five million passengers a year.